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 Goodfinding.com  W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D. December 2009 Vol 3 Issue 12   


Create Your World In Three Steps!

 
You're a lot more in charge than you know! Here are the three steps we all use, either consciously or subconsciously, to literally create our own world:
  1. We all have a theory. Hang out with anyone long enough, and they'll tell you their theory about life, people, etc., whether they realize it or not.
  2. We all like to be right! It's part of human nature. So, guess what...
  3. We look for evidence to support our theory. There it is...that's the part where we create our worlds.
So, here's how it works: 1) You think lots of good things are going to happen. 2) You really want to be right about that! 3) You use that magnificent brain of yours to find evidence to support your theory, and presto! Good things happen! It's that "looking for evidence" part that is so powerful. What's your theory? What do you think about your health, aging, life, other people and the planet? Whatever it is, make it good, because you'll probably find evidence to show that you're right!

By the way, one of the best tricks of the optimism and Goodfinding trade is setting your sites high--like the star of this video.
 

Talk About Goodfinding!

 

Dan Phillips turns junk into houses. Check out the photo to your right, which shows one of his unique creations made of everything from license plates to picture frames. Here's a video showing Dan and some of his amazing work, and features a young man he has put to work and inspired to a new career. This video is from Texas Country Reporter and is a little longer, featuring even more of his great designs. Part of his focus, which you can learn all about on his blog, is to create affordable housing while reusing and recycling along the way. Check out his photos, watch more videos, and find out how you can get involved.


Dan Phillips is a great example of someone creating his own world, and inviting others along for the ride. Look deep into your heart and find those dreams you've always held dear. Live them. Make them come true.  You can do it. You're in charge. Take a few moments of your precious time and watch this music video called, "I Believe In You."


 
"Taking In The Good"

 
Focusing on what is good, right and working is that first step that you want to take over and over again right now and for the rest of your life. Then, when you're in the middle of something good, whether it's just a brief positive thought or a wonderful uplifting experience, take it in, absorb it, savor it and expand it as much as you can. Here are some techniques to use for taking in the good you see, think and feel:
  • Breathe it in--take the good thought/feeling into your heart and body.
  • Say to yourself, "More of this, please!"
  • When you see or hear of someone having good fortune, be glad for them.
  • Also, when you see someone doing or having what you want to do or have, just smile and say, "That is me."
  • When good things happen in your life, say to yourself, "I created this."
Life will always be serving you up some good feelings and experiences--it's up to you to savor them, claim them, and ask for more. Remember, nothing is "too good to be true." Here is an excellent article from Greater Good Magazine entitled, "Taking In The Good." You might also enjoy this video with Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup For The Soul fame), talking about increasing your positive thinking by becoming a "reverse paranoid."
 

  Random Goodfinding Bits

 

 Here is a wonderful assortment of helpful, uplifting and encouraging stories I've run across in my Goodfinding searches. Let's start with this video about a dentist who has established a program to provide dental care to children who would otherwise go without. If you, like me, have wanted better care for our veterans dealing with PTSD after combat, you'll enjoy this story about how the U.S. Army is now counseling employers on how to successfully accomodate battle-worn veterans.


Did you know that contact with nature makes you smarter, healthier and nicer? It's true, and you can read about it here. If you're an exerciser, you may or may not know that music really does make it easier to exercise--read the evidence. And finally, learn how to be happy in hard times in this excellent article from CNN Health online. The steps outlined by author Judy Dutton include 1) Find your joy 2) Lighten up 3) Get moving 4) Look for a joy buddy 5) Practice being happy 6) Do a song or dance, and 7) Be very still. All great advice.



 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

 

"Whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude."

--Katharine Hepburn


"Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family."

--Mother Teresa

"Happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have. It depends solely upon what you think."
--Dale Carnegie

"We turn not older with years, but newer every day."
--Emily Dickinson


"Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.
--Dale Carnegie


 

 




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